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With the big Pelican Festival scheduled for the weekend ahead, I hope someone notifies the pelicans to hang around.  They arrived the last week of September, when the festival has been held in the past.  Apparently no one sent the date change memo to the pelicans.  They’re everywhere, though.  It should be a terrific weekend.




For me, it’ll be hard to top the last weekend, though.  It started early Friday night with the big birthday cocktail party & dinner at the dam to celebrate Grand Lake’s 75th birthday. The celebration of the lake’s birthday was no bigger than the celebration of my gal pal Cari’s birthday Saturday night at the Graper man cave with a big bash and bigger feast, then a Sunday birthday cruise chasing pelicans, followed by another party Sunday night.  You have to have a stout liver to do birthday hang-outs with a girl who has as many great friends as Cari has!  Don’t worry about me, though.  I stay in training year-round!




No matter how hard I try, I don’t guess I’ll ever understand fishing. With U.S. Fish and Wildlife opposing all development of docks on Grand Lake, I just assumed fishermen didn’t like docks.  Yet most of their fishing seems to be around docks in marinas, obstructing traffic flow, sneaking in behind docks and tossing chunks of metal on long strings toward hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gelcoat, glass, and fiberglass.  The only dock they never get close to is one where they would buy fuel. As the Facebook guys say…SMH.




Last week, people wasted a lot of time.  Half of us were busy posting another fake warning about “Facebook privacy” (as if that’s not the ultimate oxymoron), and the other half of us were making fun of them for falling for the hoax – again.  In that regard, nothing was better than this post: “Facebook will begin stealing your undergarments at midnight tonight if you don't copy & paste this message in the next 37 seconds, forward it to everyone in your mailing list, print a hard copy for your grandmother & call your third grade teacher. This is real. I got the message first hand from Elvis who was having lunch with Bigfoot, while riding the Loch Ness monster. It was even on the inside back cover of every tabloid in the grocery store checkout line. Not only will Facebook start charging youtomorrow, they are also going to bill your credit card for the past 3 years of services. Luckily, each person who copies & pastes this status will receive a FREE unicorn in the mail tomorrow. However, if you don't repost this status, Facebook code has been set up to automatically set your computer on fire & harm an innocent bunny in the forest! It's all true, it was on the Facebook. It's official!”  




We’ve long talked about team nicknames like Chiefs, Redskins, etc… but a group call Indigenize OU now want the University of Oklahoma to discontinue the nickname “Sooners” because it references the land run where land was taken from Native Americans and given to folks participating in the Land Run of 1889.  Apparently it’s not just that the cheaters who sneaked in early to stake their claims were called Sooners, and the law-abiding folks who waited for the starting gun were called Boomers. It’s that the name glorifies the Land Run and is unpleasant for Native Americans.  If this idea takes hold, I’m thinking OSU is going to have to give up that “Cowboys” nickname, too.




Saturday night a buddy of mine asked to use his wife’s USB port to charge his cigarette, but she was using it to charge her book. The future is stupid!




BEST OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay sounds like a lot of fun if you don’t know what either one of those things are.




BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK (thanks to my pal, Christal Lavery for this one): It’s funny how 8 glasses of water a day seems impossible, but 8 glasses of wine can be done in one meal!




LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK from Josh Davis: “If you’re getting pulled over for a DUI, it’s probably not a good idea to come to a complete stop…in somebody’s front yard.”




Make your calendars for Tuesday, October 13, ladies.  That’s “No Bra Day” to show support for the fight against breast cancer. I’m a little confused, though.  Why is it that gals “show support” by showing no support?




GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy Birthday wishes go out this week to Pat Flanagan, Barry Eller, Art Couch, Michelle Prine, Sarah Williams, Saunie Boeve, Jim Hollingshead, Jim Fowler, and Brian Brandwein. A special shout-out goes to Shangri-La Golf Club’s Rhein Gibson who finished fourth in the Tour Championship Sunday (-12). That puts him tenth on the web.comTour earnings list this year – and THAT means he’ll get his PGA Tour Card and you’ll see him next year on the PGA Tour circuit! Awesome.




UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  If we weren’t meant to snack in the middle of the night, why is there a light in the refrigerator?




BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: It’s Pelican Festival time in Grove – events are all day Friday & Saturday – parade, carnival, special events.  Saturday night is also opening night for a nine-performance run of The Haunting by Hugh Janes at Playmakers in Grove. Sunday afternoon, Jana Jae and Ron Young will be among performers at an outdoor concert at Lendonwood Gardens in Grove at 2:00.




GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There is a great variety of entertainment options around the lake this weekend. On Monkey Island, Randy Lunsford entertains ThursdayFriday & Saturday evenings at The Shebang; and there’s also always great dance music just down the road at Monkey Island Pub and the Road Hog Saloon. Saturday night, Lickitty Split will be at the Road Hog.


If you’re in the Grove area, The Darrel Cole Band will be performing both Friday and Saturday nights at J.R. Spanky’s (Highway 10 Northeast of Grove).  There is also a free concert at Lendonwood Gardens Sunday afternoon at 2:00 featuring Jana Jae and Ron Young.


On South Grand Lake, great music venues include Scooters and Pickles at the Lake, both in Langley.


Area casinos have great options this weekend, too, with music on tap in Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, featuring Smoot Mahuti Friday night and The Dropouts on Saturday night, as well as softer sounds of Kenny Babb in the Lover’s Leap Lounge. At Bordertown Casino’s Lost Creek Saloon, Southern Green will be on stage Friday night with Brian Odle taking over Saturday night. At Buffalo Run Casino’s Trailer Park Bar & Grill, there’s live music by Keefer Madness both Friday and Saturday nights.  At Indigo Sky Casinothere is live entertainment in the Echo Bar beginning with Dewayne Bowman Thursday night, followed by music fromEddie Valen Friday night and Big Smitty Saturday night. The Joe Worrel Band will perform at Wyandotte Casino’s Club 60 bothFriday and Saturday. If comedy is your thing, Davin Rosenblatt will be on stage both Friday and Saturday nights at the Loony Saloon Comedy Club at The Stables Casino with special guest C.J. Starr.


The best spots to catch NFL, NCAA, PGA and NASCAR action are the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Monkey Island Pub, the Standing Room Only Bar at The Shebang, Road Hog Saloon, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Pickles at the Lake in Langley and J.R. Spanky’s northeast of Grove.  Enjoy!




BUM MUST-SEE TV: The season six premiere of The Walking Dead is Sunday night at 8:00 on AMC. The season premiere ofFargo is Monday night, October 12 at 9:00 on FX.








QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “By meeting both Congress and Kim Davis, the Pope showed compassion for people who refuse to do their jobs.” – Andy Borowitz




SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 17 – South Grand Lake Lions Club Chili Cookoff & Tailgate Party (Langley Ball Fields from11:00-2:00). Saturday, October 17 – Route 66 Punkin’ Chunkin’ at John’s Tractor Works (3 miles east of Vinita) at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, October 17 – 5K Sunset Dam Run & Walk at Pensacola Dam benefiting Grand Lake Fireworks. Saturday, October 17 – Harbors View Marina Barn Dance & Dinner. Saturday, October 31 – Halloween Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub. Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3 – South Central Section PGA Chapter Challenge at Shangri-La Golf Club. Saturday, November 7 – Shangri-La Women’s Golf Association Fall Brunch. Saturday, November 7 - Winterset. Saturday, November 14 – Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at Monkey Island Pub.




In the college football world, it’s OU-Texas weekend.  Game time is 11:00 Saturday in the Cotton Bowl (ABC). Oklahoma State is at West Virginia (6:00 on ESPN2), Tulsa hosts Louisiana-Monroe (5:00 on ESPN3) and Arkansas travels to Alabama (6:00 on ESPN).


College action gets underway Thursday night, of course, with SMU at Houston (7:00 on ESPN2) and Washington at USC (8:00 on ESPN).  Friday night’s double-header features Southern Mississippi at Marshall (6:00 on CBSSN) and North Carolina State at Virginia Tech (7:00 on ESPN).


Other great games on Saturday include LSU at South Carolina (11:00 on ESPN), Baylor at Kansas (11:00 on FS1), Indiana at Penn State (11:00 on ESPN2), Georgia Tech at Clemson (2:30 on ABC/ESPN2), Wisconsin at Nebraska (2:30 ABC/ESPN2), Navy at Notre Dame (2:30 on NBC),  TCU at Kansas State (6:30 on Fox), Florida at Missouri (6:30 on SEC), Miami at Florida State (7:00on ABC), and California at Utah (9:00 on ESPN).


The NFL week starts off Thursday evening with Indianapolis at Houston (7:30 on CBS/NFL). On Sunday, St. Louis travels to Green Bay (12:00 on CBS), Chicago is at Kansas City (12:00 on Fox), and New England is at Dallas (3:30 on CBS). Sunday night’s game features the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants (7:30 on NBC); and Monday Night Football has San Diego hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 on ESPN).


The nation’s best professional golfers head to Korea this week to defend their title in The Presidents Cup.  Like all these international tournaments, you can cure your insomnia by watching live coverage through the night, but reasonable coverage begins Thursday at1:00 and Friday at 9:00 a.m. on the Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins at 11:00 on NBC.


The NASCAR drivers are on the track at Charlotte this week in Saturday night prime time. Coverage of the Bank of America 500 begins at 6:00 on NBC.  




Another really nice weekend is ahead, weather-wise, with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. It looks like the perfect weather for a festival, a carnival, pelican watching, boating, partying and golf! And we have all that – and more – right in front of us. Get out there and have some Grand Lake fun! Remember, though - wherever you choose to party around the lake, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.








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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.




American Grill in Grove


Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)


Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)


Balcony Bar at The Shebang (Smoking – open Friday & Saturday nights)


Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)


Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice


Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)


Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)


Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)


Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island


Chicken Coop in Langley


Clanton’s Café in Vinita


Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina


Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)


Drake’s Restaurant in Grove


Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)


Goodfella’s Pizza (Cleora and Grove)


Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)


Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)


High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)


Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)


Iron Frog (Grove)


Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)


J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)


Juan Montez Restaurant & Cantina at Red Arrow Marina


Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)


La Casita de Martin in Grove


Lakeside Bar & Grill in Grove at Sailboat Bridge


Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum


Los Garcias in Langley


Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove


Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)


Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)


Morrows Landing in Raper Hollow


Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove


Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South


Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice


Pickles at the Lake in Langley


Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)


Rancho Viejo in Grove


Riggs & Company in Langley


Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)


Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)


Scooters in Langley (smoking)


Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)


Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora


Sticky Fingers Barbecue in Ketchum


Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)


Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)


The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice


The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)


The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)


The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)


The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)


The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)


The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)


Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)


VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)


Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove


Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)


Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)